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Gridlock

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

12:03pm Friday 1st August 2014

THE cloistered calm of Ciren town, with hardly a single soul around Market deserted, empty shops, on a weekday morning, surely not?

Pothole misery

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

12:01pm Friday 1st August 2014

WHEN I heard that Park Street was to be closed for repair works by Thames Water, my heart jumped with joy. It was obvious that this much travelled and ignored (by Gloucester County Council) thoroughfare could (finally) have its potholes repaired at the same time. Gloucester County Council could replace the road surface disturbed by Thames Water (at a reasonable charge) and, to avoid unnecessary disruption of traffic, resurface the rest of Park Street.

Cooking on gas

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

11:59am Friday 1st August 2014

I WOULD like to say a huge thank you to Standard reporter Brendan McFadden for all the help he gave me regarding our Indesit gas cooker (Standard, July 24). Without his help we would still be without a cooker, as the delivery date Indesit gave me was July 30.

Come clean

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

11:58am Friday 1st August 2014

SO THE rumours are true about the future of Cirencester Hospital in general and the 24-hour cover provided by its excellent Minor Injuries Unit in particular, if the Sir Humphrey-esque comments in last week`s Standard from the person responsible for funding the service are anything to go by.

Sad departure

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

11:55am Friday 1st August 2014

I REALLY enjoyed your article on the 50th Anniversary of the Red Arrows (Standard, June 26). Surely Gloucestershire is the spiritual home of the Red Arrows having been born at Fairford and spending their formative years at Kemble and it is nice to see the local paper recording this anniversary.

Tree planting to mark the centenary of the First World War

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

11:52am Friday 1st August 2014

FAIRFORD will be just one of many communities throughout the country marking the centenary of the First World War and Fairford Town Council has chosen to do this with the planting of an English Oak tree, unveiling of a plaque and the scattering of thousands of Flanders poppy seeds. The short ceremony will take place in Gasson’s Field (the field between the Mill and Coronation Street with the water tower in it) on Monday, August 4, at 5pm and everyone is invited to attend.

Quarry danger

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

2:54pm Thursday 24th July 2014

WITH the start of the school summer holidays and warmer weather, the Mineral Products Association (MPA) appeals to parents to ensure that their youngsters are not tempted to enter local quarries uninvited.

Mayor in touch

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

2:53pm Thursday 24th July 2014

I WOULD like to put on record my thanks to my local councillor and mayor Joe Harris.

Niccol Centre

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

2:52pm Thursday 24th July 2014

AT THE end of last year, planning permission for a development in Brewery Court to contain retail, student accommodation and a cinema was granted to Wildmoor Construction. The application was passed despite recommendations by professional planning officers of CDC to the locally elected planning committee to refuse permission, against the advice of English Heritage and despite the Royal Agricultural University not requiring the 110 student beds.

Bus chicanery

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

2:50pm Thursday 24th July 2014

I REFER to the article ‘Bus changes are explained’ on page 3 of the Standard, July 17.

Hearts of oak?

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

2:49pm Thursday 24th July 2014

IS THE oak the symbolic tree of our nation — all that ‘hearts of’ and seafaring or is it the elm and the ash that made the longbows for Agincourt?

Thorny issue

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

2:48pm Thursday 24th July 2014

MAY I clarify a couple of items that were printed in the Standard dated July 17.

Airfield queries

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

2:46pm Thursday 24th July 2014

DURING and after the Second World War, from 1941 to 1946, an airfield was sited adjacent to and within Westonbirt Arboretum. I am investigating various aspects of this airfield and its contribution to the war effort. I am particularly interested in how the airfield functioned and any first-hand account would be very valuable.

A poor excuse

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

2:45pm Thursday 24th July 2014

THE person who wrote to the Standard last week about a new home being needed for a well-being centre for people suffering with mental health issues has been misinformed. There is no need to look for another home.

Preserve verges

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

2:35pm Thursday 24th July 2014

I AGREE completely with the views expressed by Richard Lutwyche (Standard, July 10) on the need to preserve wild flowers and leave verges uncut, wherever this does not affect visibility.

Youth facilities

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

2:28pm Thursday 24th July 2014

BACK in the early 1960s, I believe, it was Gloucestershire County Council who came up with the offer that if we, the youth of Tetbury, were prepared to bring the building up to a good standard that they, GCC, would purchase the then Institute Hall for us, the youth of the town.

Housing issue

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

2:26pm Thursday 24th July 2014

I WAS intrigued by your article on page 7 – £1m is put towards home rental scheme (Standard, July 10), about a new development of 11 homes for rent in Bibury. What excellent news!

Fell the trees

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

2:23pm Thursday 24th July 2014

AS A past governor and a member of The Woodland Trust I support felling the troublesome trees at Birdlip School. They have little merit but age and size, and as such affect the health and safety of the pupils. They have been well maintained, but their spreading roots still block the drains, causing raw sewage to flood the playground.

Home wanted

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

2:11pm Thursday 17th July 2014

FOR more than 30 years Cirencester has had a ‘well being’ centre for people suffering with mental health issues, firstly under the umbrella of GAMH and since 2002 The Independent Trust.

£12k for appeal

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

2:08pm Thursday 17th July 2014

CIRENCESTER Christian Aid Group is pleased to confirm that this year’s house-to-house annual appeal, held in May, raised £11,567.

Parking fee fight

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

2:05pm Thursday 17th July 2014

WE WELCOME your report that the Con/LibDem councils have dropped their attempt to introduce parking charges to the streets of Cirencester. For once, they seem to have taken notice of the hundreds of people who signed UKIP’s petition against their proposal.

Escape the EU

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

2:01pm Thursday 17th July 2014

THE European arrest warrant. What does it mean?

Name abusers

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

1:58pm Thursday 17th July 2014

I BELIEVE we are on the verge of a Savile-like scandal sweeping through Parliament. Why was it covered up for so long? Has Parliament been harbouring paedophiles?

Lovely surprise

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

1:56pm Thursday 17th July 2014

I WOULD like to thank all my friends and family for the lovely surprise that you all gave me on Sunday, July 6, at Cirencester Football Club.

Treasure chests of bargains

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

1:43pm Thursday 10th July 2014

I am writing to you and your readers to remind everyone in the local area to donate any unwanted household items to British Heart Foundation (BHF) Furniture & Electrical stores in the South West.

Leave our verges alone

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

1:37pm Thursday 10th July 2014

ON THURSDAY last week I travelled to Malvern and had the opportunity whilst in the usual traffic queue to admire the wild flowers growing on the verges on the approach to the Air Balloon pub, near Birdlip. I was excited to observe a sizeable number of pink orchids among the grasses and other flora and thought at the time what a useful support to bio-diversity such wild areas afforded.

Address social housing issues

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

1:28pm Thursday 10th July 2014

IT WAS good to read in the Standard (July 3) of Cllr Tony Walsh’s proposal to provide a reservoir of information for people and how they can get social housing.

Take part in a PHD study

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

1:25pm Thursday 10th July 2014

I AM Adeola Alo, a researcher at the Royal Agricultural University in Cirencester supervised by Doctors Richard Baines, Nicola Cannon and John Conway.

Better out of the EU

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

1:21pm Thursday 10th July 2014

FROM the start of July both Switzerland and Iceland have signed Trade agreements with China, the world’s most vibrant economy.

Thank you from Corinium

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

1:18pm Thursday 10th July 2014

CORINIUM Talking News, the local charity for visually impaired people, would like to thank everyone who contributed to the fundraising collection held in Cirencester Market Place on Saturday, July 5. The magnificent sum of £213.30 was raised on the day.

Inaction over potholes

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

1:08pm Thursday 10th July 2014

SINCE the beginning of the year I have been left bitterly disappointed with the rising number of potholes appearing on our roads. Gloucestershire County Council (GCC) recently announced the seamless transition of highway maintenance contractors. Unfortunately, the grim truth of the matter is that this has yet to materialise.

Midwife praise

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

12:28pm Thursday 10th July 2014

THIS is to thank Cirencester Hospital and its marvellous midwives. Our daughter has just become the proud mother of a baby girl called Zea.

Charity support

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

12:26pm Thursday 10th July 2014

ON BEHALF of Doorway, the Wiltshire charity, I would like to thank everyone in Malmesbury who supported our street collection and cake stall on Friday, June 20.

Clear the river

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

12:23pm Thursday 10th July 2014

I NOTICE that the section of the river Churn between Thomas Street and the Texaco Garage on Abbey Way is now almost stagnant.

Housing help

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

12:20pm Thursday 10th July 2014

I READ the piece in the Standard (July 3) about the deputy mayor of Tetbury, Dr Tony Walsh, proposing that Tetbury Town Council should do something regarding helping the people of Tetbury to get on the “social housing” ladder.

Vital service

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

12:15pm Thursday 10th July 2014

FURTHER to the recent coverage relating to Cirencester Signpost, I would like to provide the public with crucial information that was not reported. Firstly the comments of Cllr Mrs Rickman, lead member for finance, were not set in context in that Cirencester Town Council approved a grant of £368 as a contribution towards a summer trip for children and their families.

Deserving need

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

12:12pm Thursday 10th July 2014

SO, COUNCILLOR Roly Hughes, is wondering whether Cirencester Signpost – a volunteer run Christian charity, should be given any more money as he thinks it is being abused by the less needy (Standard article, June 26).

Satisfying spirits

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

11:03am Friday 4th July 2014

FOLLOWING last week’s article (Standard, June 26) about the split in the town council over funding for a local charity, I am writing to express my support for the work of Signpost in Cirencester. I was struck by the response of Graham Harris that the issue of whether people are scrounging was a matter of faith, not judgement.

A terrible irony

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

11:01am Friday 4th July 2014

CAMBRIDGE University published a report this week entitled The Best Use of UK Agricultural Land by Andrew Montague-Fuller, Programme Manager at Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL). It highlighted the worrying fact that “Britain is running out of land for food and faces a potential shortfall of two million hectares by 2030”.

Pot kettle black

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

10:59am Friday 4th July 2014

AS A regular Soroptimist volunteer to the Signpost hot meal served in Cirencester’s Methodist Church I was greatly saddened by the report from our council in the Standard.

Missing agenda

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

10:55am Friday 4th July 2014

ON FRIDAY, June 20, the only timetable outside the parish church stated the times of buses running from June 23. However, the 59 bus ran according to the previous timetable. Buses on Saturday, June 21, also ran according to the previous timetable.

Charity chances

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

10:52am Friday 4th July 2014

I AM writing to make your readers aware that Bob and Penny Warren, from the Trout Inn, Lechlade, organise many events, some for charity but all free, for the local community to come and enjoy.

Re-enactors interacting

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

2:44pm Thursday 26th June 2014

ON BEHALF of the Malmesbury Living History Group, I should like to thank the people of Malmesbury for the wonderful way they welcomed the re-enactors from Colonel Nicholas Devereux’s Regiment of Foote and the Marquess of Winchester Regiment to the town for our Living History Re-enactment weekend.

Ramadan fasting advice

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

2:42pm Thursday 26th June 2014

AS RAMADAN approaches, your Muslims readers who have diabetes may be thinking about whether or not they should fast.

When will we be heard?

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

2:40pm Thursday 26th June 2014

THANK you for publishing last week the corrected version of the Cotswold District Council Local Plan Consultation arrangements. However this does raise the question of what the CDC has done about public responses to previous “consultations”, and what it will do about the current “consultation”. In the Wilts and Glos Standard of May 1 the CDC Leader Lyndon Stowe said “What is important is that CDC has a process in place that listens to our communities and builds a comprehensive Local Plan around these views. We need to take our time and get it right.” So when will CDC start listening to the Cirencester community ?

Help us help refugees

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

2:38pm Thursday 26th June 2014

I SHOULD like to bring your readers’ attention to the fact that June 16-22 is Refugee Week and June 26 is Stop Torture Day.

Be aware of this trade deal

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

2:33pm Thursday 26th June 2014

MANY people are involved in local campaigns to protect the National Health Service, oppose fracking, or tackle fuel poverty. However, largely unknown to the general public, the EU is negotiating a trade deal with the US which would affect all of these issues and many more. If the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is agreed, it will give big business the right to sue the UK government over legislation that they believe might reduce their profits.

Commuting is now a joy

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

2:30pm Thursday 26th June 2014

THIS morning, just after 8.07am, the 51 bus that takes us workers from Cirencester to Cheltenham was a real treat. With air conditioning, free wi-fi and a 2014 registered double decker what more could commuters wish for?

Top surgery

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

2:24pm Thursday 26th June 2014

I READ with incredulity the front page article in the Standard of June 12 regarding Larry Smith. My husband and I moved to Lechlade four years ago and registered with Lechlade Medical Centre. It is the best medical practice we have ever come across and we are the envy of friends and family for the wonderful service we receive.

Use the library

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

2:23pm Thursday 26th June 2014

THE Community News for Chedworth (Standard, June 12) notes that ‘The mobile library makes a rare visit to the village hall car park’.






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